11-3-19 - This Week in History — 1914

Posted 11/2/19


Another Jail Delivery

Second Within Week Occurred Wed. Night, Four prisoners Escaped

Tore Hold in Jail Wall

Sometime Wednesday night four prisoners made their escape from the county jail and are still at large. The men who escaped are Woody, Burton, Wells and Meets. Woody and Burton are two of the band of thieves that was apprehended for breaking into several business houses some days since. Wells was recently picked up and is believed to have been a notorious criminal, wanted somewhere badly. When arrested he had on his person two dangerous revolvers, a pair of brass knucks, a bottle of chloroform and other accessories that might be considered necessary to a first class crook. Meets was arrested last Saturday on a charge of selling liquor, and was in for a fine of $50 and costs. The men made their escape by taking advantage of a series of circumstances favorable to their plan. It appears that they were left in the cage of the second story of the jail. The iron floor about the toilet located on this floor had rusted out leaving a long narrow semicircular hole communicating with the cage below. Jailer Rymer has had this hole patched since he took charge of the jail by bolting three bars of iron across it. The bolts holding these irons, however, were arranged with the taps or nuts above. It appears that the prisoners found it comparatively easy to loose one of these nut and slip the bar aside. Another circumstance which they somehow seem to have divined is the fact that the door of the cage below was left unlocked on this particular night. The jailer is certain that someone left the door unlocked for he found it wide open this morning when he went into the back part of the building. The men having dropped through the hole above referred to opened this unlocked door and then found themselves confronted with nothing more substantial than the outer brick wall of the jail. This they easily pierced by means of a heavy case weight, apparently a window weight, which they somehow found in the building. An opening was made in the wall large enough for almost any man to crawl out and they four men went through to liberty. Other prisoners were confined within the same cage, but claim that they knew nothing of the escape. Those who have seen the jail since the escape are confident that the men were assisted in getting out, but as to the source from which they got assistance, all is conjecture. It is said that the nut was evidently removed from the bolt by some sort of wrench. It is claimed by some also that the men must have had some sort of sharp instrument with which to pick a hole into the brick wall. The man Wells is believed to have been the leader in the escapade. He was something since picked off a train and the fact that he was well armed and also well provided with money, leads some to believe that he was a train robber.

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